A Nampa man is fortunate to be alive after he was shot Saturday in a hunting accident in remote Clark County.
Brant Balls, 42, remains hospitalized at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said he was listed in fair condition Tuesday.
Balls and his mother, Carol Balls, were hunting moose in the Pleasant Valley area when Carol Balls’ rifle accidentally fired and hit Brant Balls in the upper leg, a Clark County Sheriff’s Office news release said. After the .25-06-caliber rifle discharged, Balls was taken to a nearby camp where 911 was called at about 8:05 p.m.
Before an ambulance and officers arrived several people with medical backgrounds assisted in caring for Balls, said Clark County Sheriff Bart May. May said a surgery technician, Magen Mickelsen, helped Balls with his leg wound and rode with him in the ambulance.
“Those guys really helped out before our first-responders got there,” May said.
Balls was taken to a helipad in Dubois where he was transferred to a helicopter and flown to the hospital.
A GoFundMe account has been created to raise funds and cover Balls’ medical bills. The post said the bullet shattered part of Balls’ femur and caused damage to several arteries and nerves in his leg.
“The family also wants to say a special thank you to those who were on the mountain that came to Brant’s rescue. These peoples’ selfless, heroic actions undoubtedly saved Brant’s life and are the reason that he is still with us,” the post said.
May said the shooting remains under investigation.